Best Director: Asghar Farhadi for 'The Past'

December 17, 2013 4:07 PM

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Best Director: Asghar Farhadi for 'The Past'

With a mere six films to his name, all of which were made during the last ten years, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has become one of the most celebrated writer/directors in the world. His last three films About Elly, A Separation and The Past collected dozens of awards in film festivals and last year he was included among the 100 Most Influential People in the World according to Time Magazine. All of his films are intimate dramas that unravel like Dostoyevskian treatises on ethics and moral relativity, yet there is a warmth to them that allows audiences to connect with his characters in ways we almost never can with Ingmar Bergman for example.

In 2011, he became the first Iranian filmmaker to lead his country to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for A Separation, which also earned him a nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Not one to rest on his laurels, he came back this year with The Past, a moody piece in which h...

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